Backseat Conversation

Picture two toddler’s strapped into their car seats in the back of our van, this is the conversation I overheard on the drive to the grocery store. 2 year old: I have owie.3 year old: *Gasp*! You have a owie? Where?2 year old: Right here. (Pointing sadly to the mosquito bite next to her eye)3 year old: Did you bang your head on the door and get that owie?2 year old: (Nodding) Yeah. 3 year old: I’m so sorry you got a owie in your eye. Do you feel better?2 year old: Yeah, I better.Silence...3 year old: I have a owie too.2 year old: *Gasp*! Owie too?3 year old: Yeah, right here. (Pointing to a practically invisible scratch on her leg) I was running and running and then I fell down and got t … [Read more...]

My Intense Birth

I still get emotional re-reading my birth stories, so I thought I'd share them here. This is the story of the arrival of my third child, I've been intentending to share it for a week now! It was written a few weeks after her birth. (Incidentally The new blog name for Baby Girl is "Ms Pooky", it may not make much sense, but it fits her.)  After having my first birth and second birth at home, home birth was starting to seem like a natural choice. I am not saying it is the right choice for everyone, but it was a great option for me. This time we were living far from family, and in a different country (Canada)! I loved my midwife and the … [Read more...]

My Last Day

For as long as I can remember, my Grandpa had this poem hanging in his bathroom. I have always found it inspiring, but especially so this week.. Pick more DaisiesBy Nadine Stair If I had my life to live over, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time. I'd relax, I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I'd have fewer imaginary ones.You see, I'm one of those people who lived sensibly and sanely, hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I've had my moments, and if I … [Read more...]

Change can be good

The baby had taken a while to settle down, and it was midnight when I finally fell asleep. It was the kind of sleep that came instantly, and when a scream pulled me out of it 34 minutes later I felt as though there were bowling balls tied to my eyelids.I staggered into the girls bedroom (where Ms Action was thankfully still sleeping) and found my 2 year old kicking the side of her crib. I checked her diaper and it was dry. Maybe she just needed to be tucked in? But no, when I tried to fix the blankets her rage only increased. I bundled her out of the crib and walked into the living room with her, maybe she’d had a bad dream or something. At first we sat on the couch for a bit, her whole body … [Read more...]

Life is so good

Summer makes me happy. My kids make me happy. My husband makes me happy.This summer has been such a time of discovery in so many ways.Re-discovering who God is. Learning how to be the parent I want to be.Learning to shut out the old lies that flood into my mind when I doubt myself.Forgetting perfectionism, because life is already good.I love this life. I love staring at the summer sky.Finding out that when you forget about the radishes in the garden, they grow into flowers.The little toys in the pool swirling around and around.And the chubby legs that caused the swirling.I can never get enough of their tiny sweet toes.I love how wrinkled they get when they hang out in the pool all … [Read more...]

Quick Takes #23 – 7 reasons I’m not doing quick takes today

1.My Hubby is taking off work this afternoon! So I will be spending time with him and our kids.2.After 2 days of rain, the weather is beautiful!So I will be attempting to enjoy to the fullest if the mosquitos will let me.3.My kids seem to need extra attention today.So we are going to be focusing on them. If you have any ideas on what we should do with them, feel free to share.4.I still sorting through the comments and emails of support I got from yesterday's post.Thank you! You have no idea how encouraging it is to hear about people who have had to struggle with the same process.5.I have a MAJOR taste for Coco Pops, and we have no milk or Coco Pops in the house.So a trip to the … [Read more...]

I want to be confident

I’ve had those days where everything goes wrong. You know, the days where you drop the entire dozen eggs on the floor. And then the 2 year old colors all over the kitchen walls with a blue crayon, and the baby is cutting teeth and wants to be held constantly. You are down to your last pair of clean underwear and have cereal for dinner because you forgot to plug in the crock-pot. And then during bath-time your “potty trained” 3 year old poops in the tub and after you drain, clean and re-fill the tub, she poops again in the new bath water! Yes. I’ve had days like that. But at least after a terrible day, you can go to bed, get up the next day and start over again. That is not … [Read more...]